Lucknow, Nov 5 (UNI) Promissing that the farmers of Uttar Pradesh would soon get their sugarcane dues cleared, the state government today said the sugarmills would also start functioning for the new season from November 12.
Raising the issue of huge sugarcane dues in the State Council, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) member Munna Singh Chauhan today demanded the Council Chairman Chaudhary Sukhram Singh Yadav to adjourn the proceedings of the House for a discussion on the issue.
Observing that it was a matter of great concern, he accused the Mayawati led-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government of turning a deaf ear to the farmers' grievances.
Leader of the Opposition Ahmad Hassan, Principal Opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) member Rakesh Rana and Congress member Naseeb Khan also demanded the state government to get the dues paid and start all sugarmills on the priority basis.
Meanwhile, Sugarcane Development and Sugar Industry Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui said, ''The state government was not apathetic towards farmers woes. On instructions of Chief Minister Mayawati, I have already met Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Foreign Minister Pranav Mukherjee in this regard.'' ''The Centre would sanction Rs 1050 crore to the UP government for clearing the dues of the farmers. The farmers would get it as soon as the state government receive the funds from the Centre,'' he said MORE UNI